View Full Version : First Ukulele and Song learned

01-30-2009, 08:56 PM
Hey, i dunno if this has already been a topic before but i just thought it might be interesting to see what other peoples' first ukuleles were, as well as the first song they learned. Mine was a cheap black <$20 Mahalo ukulele which i ended up giving to a friend after i got a better one. First song I started learning was 'You Are The Light' by Jens Lekman, whom i'm assuming not many of you have heard of, but feel free to prove me wrong! anyway, i was just curious and would love to hear of other peoples' firsts :D

01-30-2009, 09:06 PM
First ukulele: $50 Kala KA-15s (Currently my only ukulele right now) The first song I learned I believed was either I'm Yours or Break Up Song.

01-30-2009, 09:19 PM
i learned I'm Your's a bit after when i found out it was a tutorial video on Iamhawaii by Aldrine XD it was really great, so i've pretty much known how to play the song over a year before it came out on the new mraz album (which was when everyone was like "OMG JASON MRAZ I LOVE HIM) and now its overplayed everywhere but i still like it (actually i only really listen to that less recent acoustic one he did). Anyway...

*I know that was completely off topic from my own thread but i just wanted to throw it out there*

01-30-2009, 09:40 PM
some cheap soprano, planting rice, 1994.

01-30-2009, 09:48 PM
somewhere over the rainbow. lanikai Lu-21T!!


01-30-2009, 10:24 PM
Kala 15S

Amazing Grace and Silent Night combined to form Silent Grace (or Amazing Night)

01-31-2009, 12:17 AM
First and only uke for now: Kala concert KA-SC
First songs ever learned: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and BINGO

01-31-2009, 02:02 AM
Lanikai ck-teq....stir it up...bob

01-31-2009, 02:23 AM
First uke by Mitsuba Gakki, Japan. It eventually fell apart, and I haven't got around to fixing it - probably won't.

First song committed to memory and sung in public, (very traumatic experience!) "Up A Lazy River".


01-31-2009, 02:23 AM
huh! :cool: i see these first ukuleles seem to be a hell of a lot better than my first was, and still better than my current one! aren't you lucky

Giant Jack
01-31-2009, 02:53 AM
some cheap soprano

the beatles 'octopus garden'

01-31-2009, 04:39 AM
First uke: Soprano from Hawaiian Ukulele Company at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. First song: "Tiny Bubbles."

01-31-2009, 05:25 AM
An Ortega RU10 Soprano Ukulele. I guess nobody ever heard of it...
First song was Nantes by Beirut, immediately posted it on youtube :)

01-31-2009, 05:34 AM
On a old soprano. Yellow Bird

01-31-2009, 05:43 AM
My first ukulele was a cheapo $70 one from hawaii. Originally for decoration.. but ooohwell ;D I never finished it, but my first song was "while my guitar gently weeps" i surprisingly finished half or more of it on a decoration ukulele (:

02-01-2009, 11:29 AM
My first ukulele was a $50-$80? Makala Concert.
The first song that I learned was Fur Elise, I think, in my ukulele class.

02-01-2009, 11:36 AM
Cheap toy concert ukulele......no woman no cry

Fast Dash 8
02-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Lanikai LU-21

Raindrops (Which I don't really remember how to play anymore)

02-01-2009, 07:07 PM
First Uke Played on: Kamaka Soprano (in elementary school)
First Uke Owned: Tangi Mahogany Soprano
First Song Learned: Surf/Sunday Morning (thanks to Aldrine's iamhawaii lesson)

02-01-2009, 07:15 PM
Keli'i standard
I can't remember the first song

02-01-2009, 07:58 PM
Lanikai LU-21T and the song was I think "Yesterday"

02-02-2009, 12:38 AM
I have two first songs because I first learned when I was little from my dad, then forgot, and then started re-learning last year. When my dad taught me, it was either Pearly Shells or Tiny Bubbles - can't remember which was first. It was on a uke my uncle bought my brother in the PI - it's made of wood, but there is no label on it. It's completely thrashed now, having been through 3 generations of kids but still has the original strings and surprisingly still plays well. I told my dad that the next time I go there I will pick it up and find out how to get it restored.

The second time I started to learn, I learned Somewhere Over the Rainbow/It's a Wonderful World. It was on a uke I bought in Kauai by Universal Worldwide Training - an "expensive cheapo" ($100). A couple of weeks ago I finally got sick of the smell of the wood and bought a Pono PKS1.

02-02-2009, 01:48 AM
First song: Five Foot Two (just a couple of months ago)

I currently play a Kala Mango Tenor (KA-MT). I'm looking at doing a significant upgrade, and am considering a couple of instrument families right now: The Pono PKT-1 or PKT-2, and the Kanile'a K1 or K2 tenor. Any thoughts on these?

02-02-2009, 02:35 AM
. . . the Kanile'a K1 or K2 tenor. Any thoughts on these?
The Kanile'a is like way above the Pono, but if you can afford it, just do it. The K2 has a little extra bling and about a $100 more than the K1.

02-02-2009, 03:15 AM
First song I learned on uke was in 1984 and it was Nursie Nursie Come hold my hand. The uke was a cheap shit ply no. from the distant past given to me by my mothers cousins husband. It was only recently broken in half by my 16 mth old twin boys. I keep my new Kiwaya well above the tide line now.:)
cheers fergs

Bruce E
02-02-2009, 03:16 AM
Black Applause. My wife has since appropriated it as hers.
Shanty in Old Shanty Town.

02-02-2009, 05:44 AM
First uke I played was a beat-up Aria baritone from the 70s. I just played guitar songs on it because it was tuned the same. My first serious uke attempt was when I bought my Kamaka soprano. I figured out a bunch of Jack Johnson songs first; my favorites at the time were "Holes to Heaven" and "Bubble Toes."

02-02-2009, 12:30 PM
a $40 soprano gremlin that a got of off craigs list for $15
and the frist song was happy brithday for a friend

02-02-2009, 01:56 PM
Kala 15S

Amazing Grace and Silent Night combined to form Silent Grace (or Amazing Night)

I'd like to hear this song.

My first uke was an oscar schmidt concert (owned for two years and never learned how to play a song) Then I got a mele concert and learned how to play Waterdeeps- "Holy".

02-02-2009, 03:32 PM
Kamaka Concert. Plunged in head first 7 years ago, still the only uke I have. But not for long.

Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

02-02-2009, 04:22 PM
lanikai lu-11, 40 bucks, & imagine

04-05-2009, 03:26 AM
My first and only uke is a cheap reno
i think the first song i learned was "Ode to joy"

04-05-2009, 04:50 AM
My first was a Lanikai LU-21 that I ordered for my daughter last Christmas.

The first song I learned in full was "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by the Ramones.

04-05-2009, 04:56 AM
My first uke was a 40$ hilo off the wall in Guitar Center. First song learned was picking through Canon in D.

04-05-2009, 05:14 AM
My first uke was a Bushman Jenny Concert. I ordered a gloss finish, but Bushman sent me satin. I sent it back to be exchanged and went right out and bought a cheap mahalo, which I still have sitting in the living room and it stays pretty close to in tune even though I rarely pick it up.

Hard to remember the first song I learned. Some early ones were Deep River Blues, Amazing Grace, Mairzy Doats, I Shall Be Released, Home on the Range, All You Need is Love.


04-05-2009, 06:17 AM
Kala KA-C which is currently my only uke which i love and the first song i ever learn was Stand By Me by watching a recording of Aldrines live lesson.

04-05-2009, 06:21 AM
First uke was a Makala soprano. First song learned was Eddie Vedder's "Rise Up" from the Into the Wild soundtrack.

Oh, and for the record, I know who Jens Lekman is and adore his music. :)

Ahnko Honu
04-05-2009, 07:27 AM
4th grade Hawaiiana class (nineteen-sixty-something) cheap soprano (Duke Kahanamoku?), song: Aloha Oe. First song on my own "Boy from Laupahoehoe" (Hawaiian lyrics, not the hapahaole) on my Dad's Kamaka pineapple a short time later. Also first hula I learned.

04-05-2009, 08:38 AM
Kala KA-ASMC. First song was Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da by none other than the beatles.

04-05-2009, 03:26 PM
1st uke was a Santini, it is now a very pretty display in my dining room. The nut is so high I can't press down on the first fret (high quality stuff! haha)I think it was strung with fishing line. 1st real uke was a Kala PS1 pinapple soprano. 1st song Blowing in the Wind

04-05-2009, 07:40 PM
a 45$ hilo my first songs (all the first day)



my how things have changed this year! hahaha please please watch my new stuff

04-05-2009, 08:24 PM
Last June I went to Cocoa beach for a weekend to attempt surfing. I saw an ukulele at Ron Jon Surf shop for $16 and had no idea it was basically a toy, that there were more expensive ukes, the tuning... anything. I just figured it'd be a fun addition to guitar playing.


When I got home the next day, I took it out of the box, learned "Volcano" by Jimmy Buffett, and immediately started researching youtube videos and uke sites to find out where I could buy a better one because I had fallen in love with the instrument :D

Joe H
04-06-2009, 06:24 AM
My first and current uke: Johnson UK-120
My first song: 5 Years Time

04-06-2009, 06:56 AM
A Lanikai LU-21T and The Beatles, All My Loving.

Captain Google
04-06-2009, 07:25 AM
My first uke was my Ohana TK-20, and the first thing I learned was the melody of "Fake Wings", from the .hack//SIGN soundtrack.

04-20-2009, 12:25 PM
A 25 Mahalo and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips :D.

04-20-2009, 12:31 PM
My first uke (my current one) is a crestwood soprano. I bought it for $30 on craigslist from some canadian dude that never played it. First song would be the Windward Skies cover that CRSB did.

04-20-2009, 12:42 PM
Mitchell MU-70, and that one "Lion Sleeps Tonight" song, just chords. Good times!

04-20-2009, 02:24 PM
ukulele: Kala KA-S
song: all my loving (beatles)

04-20-2009, 04:23 PM
Another first song that I learned was Amazing Grace using TABS with Herb Ohta, Jr.

04-20-2009, 07:57 PM
My first uke is a Santini. But it has been retired to being strictly decorative.... My first real uke and only uke actually, is a Kala concert from musicguymic. I love it, but would eventually like to get something a little nicer. The first song I learned to play.... Five Foot Two.

04-20-2009, 11:15 PM
A lilac coloured Makala dolphin soprano and Iz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". :)

pirate looks at 40
04-25-2009, 07:37 AM
A Mitchell MU-100 concert. My first only ukulele =]

first song i learned was The Road by Matt Costa

04-25-2009, 07:40 AM
Kala KA-SC, spruce-top concert

White Sandy Beach

04-25-2009, 08:30 AM
First Uke &#163;12 Harley Benton.

First songs......
Over the Rainbow
While my guitar gently weeps
See you in my dream,,, Joe Brown Version
and not forgetting
Jason Maraz... !!!!!!

04-25-2009, 09:36 AM
I don't think I replied to this thread yet... (Sorry if I did and didn't realize it.)

My first uke was a defective Mitchell MU-70. Then my second one was another defective Mitchel MU-70 when I realized that the fret buzz on the first one wasn't my fault. I didn't realize that the second one had a headstock buzz until I was out of the store. So apparently they'll keep replacing them until there's one that isn't defective in stock. (Last time, they had one that sounded fine, but had a scratch.) Apparently this doesn't happen often.

And my first songs were (I think?) "The Man Who Never Returned," "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" and "Scarborough Fair." The last one was in the book, the first two were just songs I liked that I figured out easy chords to and helped keep me practicing. Also, I think "Under the Sea" and the theme from "Arthur" were some of the first ones also. (Can you tell I can never focus on one song?)

04-25-2009, 10:41 PM
i just got my first uke this last friday!!!
its a Kala KA - WTML
and the first song is F.U.N. song - Spongebob Squarepants

04-26-2009, 07:46 AM
Cheapo Chinese Baritone (with Fresh C-tuned strings) bought 11 days ago. 6 chords learned and trying to teach my self " This Message" by Krabbers - just a beautiful song and only 5 chords - and I know 'em! Yippeeee.

Challenge is to put them in the right order, with the timely changes and the right rhythm - damned hard for a newbie but fun!

I will let you know when i crack it and can definitely call it "my first Song"


04-28-2009, 01:29 PM
5 foot 2 eyes of blue

05-12-2009, 01:53 PM
I bought a cheap concert uke for 170 dollars not a bad deal. First song, uhh i believe it was I just want you-aj rafael :]

05-12-2009, 02:34 PM
My first:


and the song... HMMMM I think it was Yesterday by the Beatles...

05-13-2009, 11:02 AM
My first uke was a red Mahalo 15 thing and when I got home I played Counting Crows' "Mr Jones" and "Accidentally In Love".

Good memories. That was only at the end of last summer, and I'm SO glad I decided to try out the uke :D

09-06-2009, 06:59 PM
honey baby ftw

Mr. Miyagi
09-06-2009, 07:16 PM
Lanikai Tenor and Yesterday from Jake's DVD.

09-06-2009, 07:18 PM
Stagg Soprano and my first song was Honey Baby

09-06-2009, 07:22 PM
First uke was KoAloha Soprano. First song was Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

09-06-2009, 10:04 PM
Oscar Schmidt OU5. Postcards From Italy

09-07-2009, 01:39 AM
Ukulele Lady
Mahalo 320T
(w/Worth clear hard strings & surprisingly good action & intonation)

Great thread!

09-07-2009, 01:45 AM
Kala mango tenor (Exchanged it soon after) And the song, Eddie Vedder - Rise.

09-07-2009, 02:29 AM
Kala mango soprano - No Woman no Cry

09-07-2009, 04:29 AM
KA-PPS Kala Pineapple Soprano Ukulele

and... Mary Had a Little Lamb? xD

09-07-2009, 06:23 AM
My first ukulele was a $30 Hilo with horrible intonation problems and the first song was "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" or maybe "Coming Around The Mountain", any way it was from Uncle Jim's Ukulele tips and tunes book. It sounded horrible but was fun enough to make me buy a playable ukulele and give the Hilo to my 3-year-old niece.

09-07-2009, 06:33 AM
Wow...I go back on this one I was 5 years old playing in Elementary School can't remember the name of the Uke yet it was probably $30 cheap uke and I learned "Lou Lou Skip to my Lou." Now I have a Soprano Kamaka and a Concert Lanikai. Ukes Rock!!:cool:

09-07-2009, 07:33 AM
postcards from italy on a crappy mahalo.

Matt Clara
09-07-2009, 07:53 AM
I first learned how to pick out Scarborough Fair on an Ohana spruce top soprano.

michael d
09-07-2009, 09:06 AM
first uke- Kala KA S

first song- Before The Next Teardrop Falls

09-07-2009, 10:11 AM
My only ukulele so far is a Lanikai LU-21 Soprano and the first complete song I learned was Build Me Up, Buttercup by the Foundations.

09-07-2009, 12:38 PM
makala concert, somewhere over the rainbow

09-07-2009, 12:50 PM
Kamaka Tenor; Time After Time & working on Jake's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

09-07-2009, 01:28 PM
homemade cigarbox uke, baritone scale, strung with tenor strings
repaired about 4 times until my youngest took the neck off!
and song wise it was either banana pancakes or its a heart ache, just prior to christmas last year ish.


09-07-2009, 01:30 PM
KoAloha standard........Surf

09-07-2009, 08:05 PM
Black KALA Tenor Cutaway -- surf :rock:

09-07-2009, 08:41 PM
cheap Gewa Ukulele- "where did robinson crusoe go, with friday on a saturday night".

09-07-2009, 08:50 PM
I learned Faith by George Michael (I couldn't get the hip shaking part right). I had a constantly out-of-tune Mahalo soprano. Mike Dasilva fixed it and now it plays in tune!

09-07-2009, 09:25 PM
My first was a Lauren Baritone, and I first learned how to play I'm yours, but in C. It was the easiest thing, and the song was blowing up when I picked up my uke.

09-07-2009, 11:46 PM
A Blue Moon uke...in Green! cheap chinese uke.. not too bad i guess!

First song was the strokes - someday, however the tab makes no sense what so ever so i had to try to make it up myself. I guess what i actually play is the called "something someday".

DJ ukulele
10-12-2009, 08:41 PM
first ukulele was a soprano kamaka my dad and i found at a kam 2 and my first song was two years to eternity

10-12-2009, 08:48 PM
Lanikai LU-11. "This Land is Your Land."
I always had an interest in Woody Guthrie

King FarUke
10-13-2009, 02:34 AM
"Kamoa" mahogany tenor from Larry's Music while on a trip to Kaua'i. Joe at the store taught me the first few chords to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I learned the full Iz version upon returning home.

10-13-2009, 02:57 AM
Koa Mitchell (concert) and "Guacamole Ukulele Song". XD

10-13-2009, 03:43 AM
15 Mahalo - Honolulu Baby - Laurel & Hardy

10-13-2009, 04:50 AM
Kala KA-S soprano, "Bring It On Home to Me," by Sam Cooke

10-13-2009, 04:55 AM
An Amigo soprano with poor action. I picked up Mel Bay's Hawaiian Uke Tunebook with it and learned to play "Koni Au I Ka Wai". The very next song required fretting out to 10, which was pretty much an impossibility on that uke. I'd already been pushing it to go to the 7th.

10-13-2009, 02:26 PM
Universal Worldwide Trading soprano, I'm a Believer!

10-13-2009, 02:39 PM
Kelii STD (I believe) - Honey Baby by Three Plus ; circa 2001